BROWNSBURG, Ind. (February 15, 2021) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that as part of the team’s 30th season of competition in 2021, they will run liveries reminiscent of a past fan favorite that founder and team co-owner Bobby Rahal competed in for “Rahal’s Last Ride” in his final season of Indy car competition in 1998. United Rentals Inc., the largest equipment rental company in the world, who last year entered into a new multi-year agreement with the team for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, has unveiled the livery that will run in five of their six races as primary sponsor in 2021.
The partnership between RLL and United Rentals began in 2016, was expanded in 2017 and 2018 and extended in 2020. For 2021, United Rentals will be Rahal’s primary sponsor for the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 30, as well as the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on April 25, race two of the Detroit Grand Prix doubleheader on June 13, Honda Indy Toronto on July 11, the inaugural Music City Grand Prix in Nashville on August 8, and the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey on September 19. A special livery for the Indy 500 will be unveiled at a later date.
“United Rentals is a forward-thinking company and motorsports provides a unique opportunity to work together to help increase sales through business-to-business opportunities,” said Mike Lanigan, co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with 1986 Indy 500 winner Bobby Rahal and former late night talk show host David Letterman. “In addition to our focus to bring business opportunities and success on track, we look forward to continuing to work together to make the lives of our veterans better through the United Rentals Turns for Troops program with Soldier Strong. That brings us a great amount of pride.”
Since 2016, the team has partnered with United Rentals on the popular Turns for Troops program that generates a donation from United Rentals to SoldierStrong for each racing lap Rahal completes. The program reached the $100k donation mark in its first year in 2016 and has continued to grow since then. On track donation totals were bolstered with additional support from the Graham and Courtney Rahal Foundation golf tournament from 2018-2020.
“We truly value our relationship with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and Graham,” said Dale Asplund, Chief Operating Officer at United Rentals. “Our partnership showcases how safety, innovation and performance are hallmarks of both United Rentals and RLL. With a shared focus on service, we have jointly raised over $1 million for Turns for Troops, and we look forward to continuing to support military service members and veterans.”
The 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season begins with the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama which will be broadcast live on NBC on Sunday, April 18. All on-track action can be seen on NBC, NBCSN or NBC’s Peacock Premium streaming service. For more information about the series or team, please visit www.indycar.com and www.rahal.com.
About United Rentals
United Rentals, Inc. is the largest equipment rental company in the world. The company has an integrated network of 1,154 rental locations in North America and 11 in Europe. In North America, the company operates in 49 states and every Canadian province. The company’s approximately 18,250 employees serve construction and industrial customers, utilities, municipalities, homeowners and others. The company offers approximately 4,000 classes of equipment for rent with a total original cost of $13.78 billion. United Rentals is a member of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, the Barron’s 400 Index and the Russell 3000 Index® and is headquartered in Stamford, Conn. Additional information about United Rentals is available at unitedrentals.com. To learn more about the Turns for Troops program in support of SoldierStrong, visit www.turnsfortroops.com.
About Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, based in Hilliard, Ohio and Brownsburg, Ind., is co-owned by three-time
IndyCar Champion and 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal, former CBS Late Show host David Letterman and Mi-Jack co-owner Mike Lanigan. In 2021, the team begins its 30th year of competition and will attempt to add to its 29 Indy car wins – including the 2004 Indy 500 from pole with Buddy Rice and the 2020 Indy 500 with Takuma Sato — their 33 poles, 107 podium finishes and 1992 series championship. The team also competed in the American Le Mans Series from 2009-2013 as BMW Team RLL where they won both the Manufacturer and Team Championships in the GT category in 2010 and swept all three GT titles in 2011 – Manufacturer, Team and Driver. In 2012, the team finished second in the Team Championship and third in the Manufacturer Championship and in 2013, the team finished second in the Driver, Team and Manufacturer Championship. Since 2014, BMW Team RLL has competed in the GTLM class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with a two-car program and has brought their total to 22 wins – including the 2019 and 2020 Rolex 24 at Daytona endurance races, 28 poles and 89 podium finishes as well as a second-place finish in the Manufacturer, Team and Driver championships in 2015 and 2017. The team was also the 2020 Michelin Endurance Champions. For 2021, the team will compete for back-to-back Michelin Endurance Championships.